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MSNBC
Aug 29, 2009 11:00am EDT
the blest ♪ ♪ ♪ spare thy people lord we pray ♪ ♪ by a thousand snares surrounded ♪ keep us without sin today ♪ ♪ never let us be confounded ♪ ♪ lo i put my trust in thee ♪ ♪ never lord abandon me ♪ ♪ lo i put my trust in thee ♪ ♪ never lord abandon me ♪ >>> good morning. in the name of the very reverend father patrick woods, the provincial superior of the redemocraters of the baltimore province, and the entire redemocraters community, it is my privilege to welcome you this morning to the basilica of our mother of perpetual help, affectionately known as mission church. most eminent cardinal sean o'malley, archbishop of boston, welcome once again to this basilica. the redemptors brothers and fathers are grateful for the many occasions you've joined with us here and we look forward to many future visits. we gather today with sadness, but with hope as we mark the passing of the distinguished senior senator from massachusetts, the honorable edward moore kennedy. to mrs. kennedy, and all the family, we offer our sincere condolences and prayers. in this place of fait
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2009 2:00pm EDT
new poll shows 72% of voters are concerned about health reform driving up the deficit. joining us now. senate majority leader, dick durbin. good to talk to you. what did you come away with from talking to the president in terms of addressing what seems to be an overarching concern for americans? yes, they want health care reform, but not a deficit so deep it cripples their children and grandchildren. >> the president's already said we're not going to have health care reform we don't pay for. it's something the republican critics can't say about what they did. they left a deep deficit from the prips drug program. we know if we don't address health care reform, we're going to have deficits as far as the eye can see and we know the cost is beyond the reach of a lot of working families and small businesses. >> when you're sitting down in committee and talking about which of these plans to go forward, are there any plans that you see that you particularly like and think, you know what, we can make this work. >> there are element of many plans. there have been four different committees
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2009 7:30am EDT
of trying to beat the pirates, why not use them to the company's advantage? >> i would say eight ounces in weight for $10 a piece. >> the nasdaq marketing team put together a campaign. >> one, two, three, go! >> they used a social networking site twitter to send out messages to more than 1,000 followers to give out clues to help people find real bags where they could expect to find cheap copies. how many people will show up and how fast? >> there's the likelihood within ten to tiff fine minutes they could be sold out. >> he was right. it took less time than that. >> i probably have 10 to 12 friend following on your twitter. >> the campaign was not a money-maker. they sold the bags at $10. they considered cool enough to be copied by a pirate elevated the brand. >> you are walking along and seeing, okay, here's the armani and the chenel. and then who is rachel mesnik? >>> across the country, a video game entrepreneur also found a way to nix the pirates. >> we put up a sign that said pirates we are your friends. i would do that because whereas everybody else in the industry is shunn
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 9:00pm EDT
president declared mission accomplished in iraq. keith olbermann and as john charles daly used to sign off, good night and a good tomorrow. now to analyze the gop's new patients bill of rights that defends the kind of health care the president is proposing, ladies and gentlemen, sitting in for rachel maddow, here is allison stewart. >> good evening. thanks so much to you. unfortunately rachel is officially under the weather tonight. we'll do our very best to keep the candle burning. we have a loaded show with big names. we'll have insight on the release of the cia report and dr. howard dean will be here to discuss the rnc's latest health care reform foray and we'll weed whack through the latest antireform myths about the va health care. we'll begin with what's called the big kahuna on this show, a cia report detailing interrogation techniques including torture against prisoners in u.s. custody. the heavily anticipated report was finally made public today after months of delay and the details are significant and kind of gross. the now declassified report is still extremely redacted so l
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2009 6:00pm EDT
, democrats and republicans who want to see us get beyond the ranting and the raving that's been going over the last several months and sit down and get this job done. >> i spoke with pat leahy today, i spoke with barbara boxer, i feel the intensity and the passion with all of you, god bless you for the work you're doing, we're looking at pictures right now just outside the john f. kennedy library. you referred to ted kennedy as your brother and we know how close you guys were, when he made that phone call to you and asked you to take the reins of this committee, what was that like. >> well, it was a tremendous honor. look, we have sat next to each other for a long time, so the friendship went beyond just the personal relationship we have had with each other, and he's been a terrific friend. when my daughter was born, the first call i get is from teddy. coming out of prostate surgery two weeks ago, the first call they get is from teddy. and he asked me to fill in for him here on that committee that he's run so beautifully and well through the years. we got a bill done, it was the longest ma
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 1:00pm EDT
to the rest of the world, she was a transformative figure, but to us she was simply mummy, and she was our hero. and she said that each of the five children, though there were five of them, they each felt like an only child, because eunice devoted so much attention to them. and was so involved in their lives and so encouraging in different ways. and here was a woman, the other thing that i thought maria said that was so wonderful, eunice was not afraid to be who she was, even though she wasn't what people expected. she didn't care about her hair, she didn't wauls dress the way she should have, as maria said, she would roll up to the school and maria would want to go hide, because she would have pens and pencils in her hair. you can see that picture. but she was so full of life, so full of momentum. and there was no question that she leaves this great void in their lives. >> and, of course, the program now, the program from today's mass, was filled with wonderful pictures and we will share must have of those as well. as my papers blow away. thank you so much for sharing all of this
MSNBC
Aug 31, 2009 4:00pm EDT
us debunk the myth and tell us your story about why health care reform is necessary, saying that the greatest myth of all is that 2 wasn't needed. so i think they are trying to start to actively engage the american people, even more. i mean, obviously with a very busy summer for the president. but it will be interesting to see what they do once people start coming back from vacation, once the president's vacation is all wrapped up, if they really continue this health care focus other maybe shift and focus on the economy since the issue isn't necessarily a winning one for them right now. >> christina bellatony from the "washington times." thanks for the update. >> and now some are wondering where is the change that president obama promised while on the campaign trial, from iraq to afghanistan, guantanamo bay, and the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. certainly change was a key word, and he spoke about it when he accepted the democratic nomination for president. >> now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single american. if you
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2009 3:00pm EDT
ulcer or other condition that causes bleeding, you should t use plavix. when taking plavix alone or with some other medicines including aspirin, the risk of bleeding may increase so tell your doctor before planning surgery. and, always talk to your doctor before taking aspirin or other medicines with plavix, especially if you've had a stroke. if you develop fever, unexplained weakness or confusion, tell your doctor promptly as these may be signs of a rare but potentially life-threatening condition called ttp, which has been reported rarely, sometimes in less than two weeks after starting therapy. other rare but serious side effects may occur. combines two powerful medicines for fast relief of your diarrhea symptoms, so you can get back out there. imodium. get back out there. >>> $99 trillion. say it with me. $99 trillion that you get and your cohorts get on capitol hill. how are you going to look at my children? >> jeers and cheers. town lhalls heating up, but wil it turn out of independent voters? >>> developing right now, a show of force. u.s. marines storm a taliban stronghold in
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2009 2:00pm EDT
that is that in his memory, with the power behind the legacy that his death reminds us of, well, perhaps it will oddly breathe new life into the health care debate. i received and saw an e-mail today that said in lieu of flowers, let's pass health care reform. and it had to do with the death of ted kennedy. >> before i let you go, to prepare for what we know will be a special one-hour edition of nbc nightly news tonight, the bipartisan nature of this man, because people from patrick j. buchanan this morning on "morning joe" and other republicans, i remember dan quayle working with him on a jobs bill. people worked with him yet at the same time if you are donald rumsfeld going in front of the senate armed services committee having gone to war and not found weapons of mass destruction, woe is you. >> he was going to war against you. yeah. one writer today said, in effect, yes, he was an irish romantic but he was also a clear-eyed pragmatist. a lot of the stretches across the aisle to the other party was just because he needed them and it was his nature to make friends and be charm
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2009 3:00pm EDT
al franken speaking a short time ago. give us some perspective on the politics of this. we know the senators leaving are not, may vote for sonia sotomayor's con fir makfirmatic the political angle, especially with those with a growing hispanic population. >> that's right. obviously, al franken is the most junior senator. it's only democrats who serve as presiding officers. but you're right. ever since this nomination was even first floated, the name of sonia sotomayor, the first thing that came up was that wise latina remark and has been a focal point. republicans have strived for years to secure a significant portion if not a majority of the hispanic vote around this country. they failed in that very dramatically in the last presidential election of course, stepping back a considerable amount in terms of the percentage of that vote they were able to obtain. i think what you saw as a consequence is republicans mindful of the fact that they're the base of the party, the republican party, and the democratic party for that matter, wants to see representatives and senators standing up a
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2009 6:00pm EDT
to senator bradley. great to have you with us tonight, sir. >> good to be with you, ed. >> he was a courageous man and through his career cast a lot of votes that were unpopular at the time. one of them was the war vote. he was one of 23 senators that said no to the war in iraq. did it always just kind of work out that way? did he like being the dissenting voice? did he see that was his role? >> no. i think he was that rare politician that didn't see principle and pragmatism as a conflict, and he knew that he wanted to be true to himself, and therefore when he was out on the floor making a speech like you just heard, that was him being true to himself. >> he was a fighter, wasn't he? i spoke with a number of labor leaders today and they said he was the best friend labor ever had in this country. what about that? >> well, so often in politics off record and on occasion you die verge on that record for any number of reasons. but he was someone you could count on if you were organized labor or if you were minorities or if you were a working person. >> senator bradley, tell us, what was
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2009 12:00am EDT
of us. this is a joyous time. but it's also sobering time. >> still, his cancer battle does not dampen his spirits. >> when the kennedy story is told 100 years from now, it will have to be told as each brother fell the next one took over. so junior died in world war ii. and then jack kennedy became the kennedy to take the banner of political life over for the family. when jack died, it was bobby. and when bobby died, it was teddy. and after they were all dead, he remained on the scene for decades as a public figure, as a senator, and somebody who believed in the causes that they had believed in and tried to carry them forward. >> senator edward kennedy spent decades in congress fighting for liberal causes. his legacy, public service and his concern for america's least powerful. as he said so many years ago, the work goes on, the cause endures, and the dream will never die. that's all for this edition of "headliners and legend," i'm lester holt. thank you for watching. >> teddy. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in new york. ted kennedy was the last hurr
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 11:00am EDT
house and prime time ed shultz is joining us in the studio. here are the top headlines. nbc news obtained dramatic video of the air collision over the hudson river. it's incredibly disturbing to watch. a warning to people. it captured the moment where a plane and helicopter collided and killed all nine board. >>> a final farewell to eunice shriver kennedy. friends and family are gathered today in massachusetts to say good-bye to the 88-year-old humanitarian who is most notably associated with the founding of the special olympics. >>> thousands pay their respects to navy pilot scott speicher who has shot down during the 1991 gulf war and remembered as a hero to his family and his country. >> he represents the best of the best. he was committed to living by a higher standard than most. he honored his family. he honored this community and he truly honored our great nation. >> speicher's remains were just identified a few weeks ago. >>> i want to introduce my co-host this morning. each morning on msnbc live, i welcome someone to join me for the morning. pleased to have back carrie el
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 6:00am EDT
labor for illegally crossing the border. adrian joins us live from beijing -- she's not with us right now. we'll try to get back to her. pat buchanan, let me ask you. what do you think is going on here. can you remember a precedent for something like this? >> i think jimmy carter -- jesse jackson went into syria, i think, to get those two flyers back or one african-american flyer that had been shot down. i think jimmy carter went into north korea in 1994 to try to negotiate some kind of deal and prevent some kind of attack on their nuclear facilities. but it's a relative rarity. it tends to happen in democratic administrations, willie. >> joe, a fascinating choice, bill clinton, a man who kept at arm's length the obama campaign. what do you make of this. >> you hear a lot of obama surrogates still in the press. john conison, i wouldn't call tina brown a surrogate but certainly close to the clintons in new york to get more involved, more involved in health care. instead of health care, they are sending him to north korea. just for the record and i don't mean to be negative but i feel a
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2009 11:00pm EDT
absolutely positively, left, right and center agree on, scare tactics have been used. >> we should not have a government program that determines when you are going to pull the plug on grandma. >> republicans have a better solution that will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government. >> a lot of people are going to die. this program of government options is going to kill people. >> and no one's trying to scare people with sound bites. i don't know any leaders in the house and the senator who have done that. yeah, strike two. then there was strike three. a republican party mailer being sent across the country with was surfaced online today. called the 2009 future of american health care survey and it claims to be a friendly questionnaire about health care, sent by, rnc chairman michael steele who promises that, of course, no one's trying to scare people. the survey questions about health reform include, "it's been suggested that the government could use voter registration to determine a person's political affiliation, prompting fears that gop voters might be disc
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 2:00pm EDT
$180 million in bailouts. joining us live is eric dash, business reporter for the "new york times." what exactly is the process going to look like? >> over the past few weeks, kenneth feinberg has been meeting with these banks and automakers and saying look, here's what you need to provide. tomorrow, they're going to be handing in those materials. he's going to be looking at the top 25 earners from last year at the companies and then he's going to be able to look at the next 75 top earners and how compensation is set for those. it's about 100 people at the companies. >> so how much money did you bring in, your compensation and how much fairness is there. >> and is it guaranteed. did you have a contract in advance that said we're going to pay you this amount no matter how you perform. >> but the issue is about this guy at citigroup who ran an energy fund who made a lot of money. he made a lot of money for the firm and he had a contract that said, you get a cut of what you make and i mean, that's -- a deal's a deal. right? that's part of the problem. it sounds outrageous. at the sam
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2009 9:00am EDT
thank you for making the time for us. gerald, on the one hand, i can see the desire to get engaged. on the other hand, it runs the risk of further violence. what does the aflcio intend to do when you say ul engage demonstrators? >> we always urge our participators. this is no different, but with the mobs going around, we have said to people, look, we need to make sure that the congressmen know there are people who support cost control. >> what responsibility do you have to ensure that you observe and encourage a level of civility and behavior? >> we've been doing this stuff for 20 years and always encourage people to show up for town hall meetings. we never tell people to shout. we always tell people to be respectful. we tell them to know, to understand the issues, but also to be assertive and get answers. i think what you're seeing out there is a lot of frustration with a process that was fast-tracked, not transparent. the president and the democrats in congress tried to ram this package through even before the august recess. it's understandable people are frustrated, but we would
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2009 5:00pm EDT
conduct in a minute. >> he was fearful of not being used and yet not getting what he wanted. >> i thought he was like a p.o.w. with his fingers crossed. here's what that freed journalist laura ling said this morning about bill clinton. let's lis. >> and we were taken to a location, and when we walked through the doors, we saw standing before us president bill clinton. we were shocked. but we knew instantly in our hearts that the nightmare of our lives was finally coming to an end. and now, we stand here home and free. >> wow. mike, tifs caught up in that emotionally. i walk in a room and there he is. now, i guess you know, regis philbin could have been there and she might have been just as happy but i don't think so. there's something iconic about big bill clinton. in a way he's his own thanksgiving day float. he's bigger than life and here he is with the statement you're free. >> there are very few people who could have pull this had off. maybe there was nobody who could have pulled this off. >> not because of what he did. what do you mean by that? who he is? >> i think he handle
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 8:00pm EDT
organization that's free of the al qaeda that attacked us 9/11 and then come home? >> i mean, how do you trust that? how do you trust that you're making a deal with this -- i mean, essentially we already consider them terrorist organizations. these are guys who in the last two days cut off women's index fingers for voting. do you want to make any kinds of deals with these guys and would they honor them? that's part of the problem in afghanistan is that so many of these people are just so-dsht country is so under developed and there is no education and you have to spend so many years just pouring resources in to develop the country to the point where you could really leave it stabilized that that's really what makes for the quagmire there. >> it seems to me, chris, afghanistan is becoming our northwest territory like it is to pakistan, the ungovernable part of the world we have to continually go in and beat the hell out of. >> that's the problem, chris. the idea of an open-ended commitment with an uncertain number of troops. >> thank you. that is extremely danger anonymous light of iraq. >> tha
MSNBC
Aug 9, 2009 7:00am EDT
, for weeks the white house has been preparing us for double digit employment. that some time soon the rate would hit 10%. the president spokesman said it again today, but people around here believe the white house was fairly happy when they got the jobless news. the monthly unemployment rate fell. it was down from recent months. no one is suggesting the numbers are good, but, yes, they beat expectations. they could give the president's poll numbers a boost when he needs it the most. why? they say his targeted stimulus is beginning to pump juice into the economy. plus, we'll ask this question plainly. is the anger at the town hall meetings only act health care or, yes, sadly about race? there's a question that generally a lot of people oppose reform, but what has got most of the protestors upset is they can't deal with an african-american president. we'll debate that hot one. >>> and democrat versus democrat? liberal groups are going against democrats for failing to support health reform. >>> also, florida senator mel martinez surprised everyone today when he announced today he's r
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 6:00am EDT
deprived and very sick. for sure. >> the nation? >> oh, i was talking about us. okay, the nation. you're right. >> just trying to clarify. >> it was we here on "morning joe." all right. let's get a quick look at some of today's top stories. president obama heads west in his push to reform the health care system. he is set to speak at a town hall meeting where politico reports things could get more rowdy. tickets were handed out on a first come first served basis rather than a random selection by the white house. interesting. that definitely could get interesting. meanwhile, the obama administration is going viral with efforts to dispel rumors on health care sending out a chain e-mail penned by david axelrod. meacham, did you get one? >> i have not gotten one, which wounds me. >> you are wounded. savannah got one. >> well -- >> we'll she'll be on. we'll talk about it. i think it's interesting the town halls are moran domly selected in terms of the people coming. >> it arguably will shake things up. i watched the first one in portsmouth which felt very polite. >> so canned. >> so sort of -
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 2:00pm EDT
affordable options. that's all we're talking about. >> linda, thank you for joining us, we do appreciate you representing what the president is hoping to get out of health care reform. >>> we have some breaking news to get to. louisville, kentucky, pounded by heavy rain. >> the national weather service has declared a state of emergency. some areas have received over a half a foot of rain in the last few hours. >> susie lackey in kentucky sent us this video from her son who's in old louisville. and then videos that our viewers have sent in that have gotten stuck in high water. >> when you have 6 1/2 inches of rain in one hour, which is the most we have ever had in recorded history, it's pretty bad. all the underpasses are full. i have just come from the university of louisville, buildings are surrounded by water. we just had to get a swift water rescue boats in to move people out of those biuildings. we have four inches or so of water at churchill downs. the animal control facility, all the dogs and cats, they're under water, we we're trying to get them out to other shelters. a
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2009 6:00pm EDT
to have you with us tonight. >> ed, tell us how you really feel about this? >> well, i feel it's time to fish or cut bait. i feel the republicans have staked their claim. no to public option, no to co-op, which i think is a joke any way, but when is the president going to realize the republicans aren't serious about reform, and i would like ewe to speak to that. >> act actually, let me say two things. i think the events of thf weekend were defining in the sengs that the republicans made it clear they have no interest in helping in any way to pass health care reform that's a pattern of theirs. they used it against bill clinton but they used it against barack obama. i don't think any voted for the stimulus bill in the house and maybe one or two in the senate. the president knows how to get big legislation passed the congress. although the american people would like bipartisanship, the republicans are not inclined to do that so we're on our own. that's a good thing. now we can get down to business of seriously drafting a bill that will work. this is really not a left versus right is
MSNBC
Aug 17, 2009 9:00am EDT
the day, we get a health care bill, it's a reform bill and has a public option in it. >> tell us what you consider to be a critical difference between a country with a public option and a country with a co-op of some kind? >> it's easy to articulate. what you have to do is think about medicare. it's a program that covers everybody. it's much greater efficiency than private insurance. it works really well for most people. most people like it. but not everybody likes it. what the president said, if you like your insurance, and 65% of the people in the country have insurance and like it, but it's too expensive and they know it. but for those that you who lose your job or your insurance, and you get sick and the insurance people kick you off their policy, a public option, and that's -- you ought to be able to sign up for that. the simplest way to think about this, people under 65 will be able to sign up for something like medicare if they want to. >> yeah, you can create a choice and portability, but you run into a cost issue. how do you manage the expense of this overall process and
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2009 4:00pm EDT
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MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 1:00pm EDT
africa today. tell us about this visit, what she's trying to accomplish. >> this is her longest visit, her most ambitious visit. she's going to seven countries. she's taking on some tough issues. here in kenya, the most crushing issue is poverty, age, food problems, trade, a corrupt government, political instability. it hasn't been that long since 1,500 people died in ethnic rivalry and wars and battles after disputed election. so there were a lot of problems here in kenya. then she goes to south africa. while here, she will deal with the subject of terrorism and place a wreath at the embassy, which as you recall, 11 years ago, was bombed on this anniversary. so there is a threat, an increasing threat of al qaeda in the horn of africa, and that is something certainly on the minds of people traveling with her. >> well, plenty of issues to grapple with. andrea mitchell, traveling with secretary of state clinton in africa. we will see you from africa tomorrow. thank you so much for your perspective this afternoon. >> thank you, savannah. >>> and for more on bill clinton's mission in nort
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2009 9:00am EDT
may change its tune about sick airline passengers. first it was cash for clunkers. now cash for used cars. and cash for kribz. maybe an air-conditioner. what do you have? it's 9:00 a.m. join the "morning meeting." >>> good morning, to you. we begin with the masses joining this morning to pay their final respect to the late senator, ted kennedy. the doors opened about an hour ago. 25,000 already passed by. his body lying in repose. mike taibbi in boston before an incredible scene. >> reporter: yes, this is an incredible scene. there was a 70 mile trip that began with 82 members of the kennedy family, and then others who came out to mourn including jesse jackson. and several family members made it a point to personally greet the mourners. >> we are so honored so many people came tout to pay tribute to my husband, and i wanted to thank them. that's the only message here tonight. >> thank you so much for coming. >> you look great. >> you do, too. >> thank you for coming. >>> as you said, dylan, the lines began to form well before 5:00 this morning. i was listening to my first live report
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 9:00am EDT
we know. andrea mitchell is live outside the family's church in massachusetts. what does this tell us, if anything, about senator kennedy? >> reporter: what it does, dylan is confirm that his health is precarious. this is a difficult time for the kennedy family. his wife will be here. i did talk to bobby kennedy jr., one of his many nephews yesterday about it. this is what bobby had to say about uncle ted. >> ted is having his own struggles right now. but he is doing well. he was sailing. i saw him out on the boat yesterday. he was going sailing every day, and keeping up with his work. >> reporter: keeping up with his work, but of course the other piece of this, dylan, is his absence on the floor of the senate and in the cois a big va. and the authority, the skill, the legislative skill of the line of the senate is what is really missing for the obama white house here in this health care debate. >> mike barnicle is also on the phone with us here. mike, are you there. >> i am here, dylan. >> who else are you expecting in attendance today? describe the event that you yourself is on the
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2009 10:00pm EDT
right off the end of the pier with him. >> you're asking us to trust turning power over to the government when there clearly are people in america who believe in establishing euthanasia including selective standards. >> lawrence o'donnell on a paranoia too far. senator bernie sanders on the decrease the benefits of pursuing bipartisanship with people who are going to try to kill what you want to share with them. >>> drop in the bucket, the attorney general's torture prosecution as limited as it can get. not the torturers, not their bosses, not the politicians, not their legal enablers, just anybody who went beyond what they were told was legal, even if it sure as hell wasn't legal. >>> sanford and sunny vacations, the governor wanted employees to use both sides of a post-it before throwing it away. have the states paid his trip out of town? his nonhiking the appalachian trail trips. >>> and rage without reason, do not condemn most of these people. they know not what they do. these people, they know. the incitement to violence to the manipulators of the far right and the one doc
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2009 6:00pm EDT
coming to these meetings? >> i don't know, and that's the problem. these used to be really important journalistic exercises, going to the town hall meetings in august. you did get a feeling of what congressmen and women are hearing in their districts. how much of this is manufactured and how much of it is authentic. it's hard for lawmakers to tell. because they're going home and trying to spend a month. they're looking at the same polls we are and trying to figure out where exactly are our constituents. and i don't think that they know. and now basically, i think the media rewards the absurd. so people who can shout down, who can scream at a congressman or do something to disrupt, they know people can get on youtube, and therefore, they can make a big show of it and there's a huge incentive to do that. and now you see democrats fighting back, to do the same thing to counter-act that. >> this is the newest, hottest summer reality show for a lot of political insiders to watch. what's interesting is that i think the white house and its organizing arm, the dnc and organizing for america,
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2009 3:00pm EDT
reconciliation, the idea of putting us through with democrats only. they want to hold that over the heads of this deal in order to encourage republicans to stay at the table. >> and what about any reaction yet to the numbers today? 59% of people polled in this quinnipiac poll saying they shouldn't do this alone. they want to see something bipartisan done. >> that's always an answer you're going to get from the public. the public always claims they want a shird party, too, if you ask them. wouldn't it be nice to have a third party to compete. you would get a big number for that, but this is one of those where the result is always going to look stronger and the idea of bipartisanship than reality. i guess i wouldn't take that poll question -- i wouldn't say that that poll question is the be all, end all issue. >> got you. thank you so much. good to see you. >>> and now, "the bigger picture." there's a whole new level of misinformation that seems to be stoking republican protesters showing up at town halls across the country. case in point, last night at a senior citizen's center. barney frank was c
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Aug 12, 2009 5:00pm EDT
have been been confronted by angry constituents and they'll join us in a moment. and remember this woman at senator arlen specter's town hall? >> we are tired of this. this is why everybody in this room is so ticked off. i don't want this country turning into russia, turning into a socialized country. >> her name is katie abrams and she'll be here to explain why she is fighting against health care reform. plus, new evidence shows that karl rove was more deeply involved in the firings of those u.s. attorneys during the bush administration. so is the law finally catching up to rove? "newsweek" investigative reporter michaelis cough will break it down for us, and how did the white house and the democrats get the strategy for justice sonia sotomayor's confirmation vote so right but drop the ball when it came to the message war over health care reform? and finally, president obama awarded the presidential medal of freedom to 16 recipients today, among them senator ted kennedy, sid no poitier, billie jean king and archbishop desmond tootoo of south africa wa. we begin with the rage over
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Aug 13, 2009 11:00pm EDT
staying with us for the next hour. whether or not we are going to get health care reform at last in this country depends now mostly on the united states senate. the top republican in the united states senate on health care reform is this man. >> i think the best thing to do if you want to get people to think about end of life, number one, jesus christ is a place to start. and the physical life as opposed to your eternal life. it ought to be done within the family and considered a religious and ethical issue and not something that politicians deal with. >> not something that politicians deal with. that's the top republican in the senate on the issue of health care. iowa senator chuck grassley and he says what happens at the end of your life is something for -- within your family. it's not something politicians should deal with. big round of applause for him on that. i mean, honestly, though, can you imagine that something as important as a person's circumstances at the capital "e," end, would be something that politicians would even think they have the right to comment on, let alone
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Aug 2, 2009 7:30am EDT
of the senate housing committee. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you, j.j. >> so you met with a group of small business owners earlier this week, what were they looking for out of reform? >> they were frustrated and they want their health care costs to be affordable and to provide health care for their employees, but they are concerned about the taxes and mandates out there in the bill being proposed and they are corp worried about going out of business as a result of these things going to be required. >> so from your perspective. what does reform look like that helps small businesses? >> well, it is completely different than what's being proposed. in a bill i have sponsored, it allowed small businesses to group together. if you are a small business be with ten employees and one has a health care issue, it makes it very expensive. if you can group together with 100 other businesses, your buying power got better and your premiums will be much better reduced. that's one component of the system i would like to see. >> proposals do include exchanges where small groups will ge
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Aug 3, 2009 9:00am EDT
developments still being watched from iran. >> thank you. >>> joining us now the author of "how to win a cosmic war" and also contributor to the daily beast.com has been writing extensively about the reform movement in iran. also with us for the two hours, the author of "the black swan" and widely essayist at this point on the systems that run our economy and how they have failed us. and more importantly, how we can fix them. also with us jonathan capehart, msnbc editorial writer for "the washington post" and certainly a panelist here at the meeting keeping us up to speed as he does so gracefully and wonderfully every day on the comings and goings in washington, d.c. and the policy debates. the first part of my question i suppose is whether there is any chance ahmadinejad doesn't ultimately end up in this job. whatever the theater is in getting there, is the end game six months from now president ahmadinejad take two? >> there is no question that ahmadinejad will be inaugurated as president and begin his second term on august 5th. that isn't necessarily good news for ahmadinejad or
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Aug 10, 2009 2:00pm EDT
heliports used. there's a lot of activity that generates a lot of commerce. but from areas around here, there are those who are adamant that there needs to be restrictions imposed on flying through this corridor. there are several busy airports. there is a lot of traffic in this corridor that's about a mile wide and as much as ten miles long from the statue of lib torte george washington bridge. and there could be as many as ten to 20 aircraft in that area at any given time. there are some members of congress that call it the wild, wild west, for example, giving you some indication of how concerned they are about that. so that is the issue going forward as well as what hatches here on the bottom of the hudson. the search for the plane continues. they think they have found most of the helicopter and there are still two bodies yet to be recovered. contessa? >> ron, thank you. we'll be watching for the ntsb briefing that happens at 3:00 p.m. eastern. >>> thanks to a judge's decision in los angeles, we'll see michael jackson perform one more time at least digit alally. >> they approve
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Aug 21, 2009 11:00am EDT
until now, it's not as effective, it's not a useful. >> do you ever see -- i mean, we all wish for that, but have you seen very often people stand newspaper the moment and speak out? are there examples on your mind? >> watergate. attorney general. >> elliott richardson? >> right. saying this is wrong. i'm out of here. yeah. it's been done. it takes a lot to do it, i think, because you're a member of a party, a member of the team, you don't want to injure them too much at the time. colin powell, kol pin powell was seduced and was misinformed and his impleting was integrity was beyond question. he was one of the most popular officials we've ever had. >> probably was the tipping point in some real ways, that testimony for the u.n. >> exactly right. >> in terms of going to war. >> now, i think it took a while before he became convinced himself that he had been misled. but i'm sure if he had known on the spot right after it, he would have stepped off immediately. >> i'm going to switch a topic a bit as we bring in our white house correspondent savannah guthrie. we are looking at new pol
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Aug 18, 2009 11:00pm EDT
own party. democrats playing hardball from the progressive side. pinch me. i'm dreaming. joining us now is jane hampshire, founder and publisher of firedog lake. she and other activists spearheaded an effort to get democrats to pledge to vote no on any health care reform bill that doesn't include public option. thank you for joining us. >> thanks for having me, rachel. >> how many democrats have pledged to make their health care vote contingent on the public option? >> publicly now, i think we're at about 65. we started our effort in june, june 23rd. after it became clear that rahm emanuel and max baucus were trying to deal a public plan away to the ama, hospitals, pharma, in exchange for keeping the money out of republican coffers in 2010. so we said, look, we've got progressive members of the house who were elected by, you know, 20, 30 points, who live in very strong progressive districts and president obama ran on this. and we want them to commit to vote against any bill that doesn't contain a public plan. and that means no co-ops and no triggers. and it's been a long slog and it
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Aug 25, 2009 4:00pm EDT
jumping on these reports as proof that spending is out of control. joining us to talk about the message war is nbc news washington bureau chief mark whitaker. standard and perhaps a smart move by the obama administration to try to move the focus on bernanke knowing these reports were coming out. >> i think it was widely expected bernanke would be reappointed. as you said, he's given credit for averting another depression. he was a student of the first great depression at princeton, but the two things are actually related. not only does announcing his appointment today take away attention from these new estimates on the long-term deficit, $9 trillion, but i think it also perhaps more importantly reassures both people in washington but also our overseas creditors who are going to finance that deficit that in keeping on bernanke, there is a plan not only to address the immediate crisis which we seem to be pulling out of, but that the fed will remain at work trying to get those deficiting down over the long term. this is something bernanke has been talking about from the very beginning. >>
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Aug 26, 2009 6:00am EDT
hyannis port. norah o'donnell's with us. chris matthews is here. and presidential historian douglas brinkley has been on the phone for some time. douglas, get your impressions and then go to chris. doug, what are your thoughts this morning? >> just from listening to mike barnicle he talked about the personal very well. i add to that the fact having dogs with him and playing chasm all the time and going to see ted kennedy you always felt like you were going to see a kind of person who was so nice to young people, people upwards in their careers or had questions. i'm impressed historically about the senate office. it became during the 1960s and '70s protest period in washington, d.c., kind of the place if you got tear gassed, he'd go to his office to get water and recoup. he had a high tolerance for dissent and allowing people, particularly that were protesting vietnam, veterans back from vietnam that had a beef with the way the war was going, to actually use his office as a living room at times. he did it so much it would frighten guards that were guarding the capitol, the hodgepodge
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Aug 24, 2009 1:00pm EDT
of a lawsuit is expected to reveal new details of abuse, including the use of mock executions and even a power drill to intimidate detainees. bob bear, intelligence columnist for time.com, also a former middle east field officer and author of "the devil we know: dealing with the new iranian superpower," bob, thanks for joining us today. first of all, let's talk about taking the cia out of this. the white house insisting today in their briefing that they are still involved, but for the first time, the national security council is really supervising it and the fbi will be headquartering it. this after decades of cia/fbi rivalry. the cia really is taking a backseat? >> well, it is taking a backseat, andrea, but i think it's a good idea. the cia is -- does not specialize in interrogation of war prisoners. the military does that. and fbi investigates criminal attacks, like 9/11 was. and, frankly, the fbi has done a very good job after 9/11. its interrogators used normal interrogation techniques, got a lot of information, and i think we're going to see in this cia report, we didn't get
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Aug 28, 2009 1:00pm EDT
grandchildren. so that was a great thick fng f all of us. >> this evening, a private memorial service will be held for senator kennedy at the jfk library. among the speakers, deval patrick, senator john mccain, vice president joe biden, one of his close friends in the senate. tomorrow, a funeral mass will be held at boston's our laid of perpetual health basilica, a church where the senator prayed daily during his daughter's battle with lung cancer in 2002. during the funeral, he will be buried near his brothers at arlington national cemetery. first, they'll go past the capitol build, the east step of the capitol, where an honor of hundreds of kennedy's former staff members will be standing and waiting. joining us now for the hour, bob shrum, a kennedy family friend, a speechwreter for senator kennedy. the senator's staff, known widely on the hill, as the best and the brightest, partly because he was so deeply involved in the details. what would he think about the extraordinary outpouring of affection here in massachusetts for him? >> well, a lot of people go to washington and
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Aug 12, 2009 1:00am EDT
at arlen specter, you work for us, claire mccaskill having to tell people to be quiet. and then you see this event where the president of the united states says, is there anybody out there who's suspicious of this? he's asking for someone to sort of come -- in truth the person who stood up was not exactly, you know, someone -- these angry mobs we've seen. melinda's exactly right, the disconnect i was really, really struck by. >> specter looked pretty good, surprisingly good, just standing there, taking it, you know. trying to put his point across but standing up to the angry mob looks a lot better. >> he's a great argument for american health care, i'll tell you that, look at this guy. he's 80 years old going head to head with this guy. anyway, chris cillizza, a charming event. melinda, you're the best. what's the thing called? >> politicsdaily.com. >> politicsdaily.com. join us tomorrow night 5:00 and 7:00 eastern for more "hardball." "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? the tale of two town halls, and one
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Aug 7, 2009 5:00pm EDT
chuck todd will join us. susan page, washington bureau chief for "usa today." you write the big stories for the people. the "usa today" is right there on every hotel doorstep. >> you can buy it at newsstands here. >> you always sell here. let me ask you what do you make of the president's optimistic tone? let's watch the president today around 1:00 in the afternoon east coast time talking up the economy for the first time in a while. >> we're pointed in the right direction. we're losing jobs at less than half the rate we were when i took office. we've pulled the financial system back from the brink and a rising market is restoring value to those 401(k)s that are the foundation of a secure retirement. >> susan, i guess he's getting to the heart of what people are worried about. somebody once said to me a while ago what his opposition will be offering in the next election next year is we'll give it to you back. whatever you lost in the stock market the last couple years, whatever you lost in your 401(k), we're going to give it back to you, and he can't do it. now, he's saying i'm
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Aug 1, 2009 10:00am EDT
, courtney. >> good morning. >> what can you tell us about this doctor? >> well, this doctor, dr. allen met garr, he now becomes the fourth doctor that we know of who has been subpoenaed in some connection with michael jackson's death. i'm told the total number could be somewhere near five or six doctors altogether. this is the fourth now that we definitely know of. his attorney said this, jackson was looking for propofol, and dr. metzger turned him down and advised him how dangerous it was. apparently jackson was shopping around for the drug and looking for someone to administer it to him. definitely dovetailed with everything we've been hearing all along, which was jackson was asking people for the drug. he had been told repeatedly that it was dangerous. and he shouldn't have it. and -- but he finally did find someone who was administer to it -- administer that drug to him, and that's dr. conrad murray. >> okay. so what more details are we learning about him today? >> well, we found out, i don't know last night on "dateline" we found out dr. murray was giving jackson propofol a
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Aug 11, 2009 5:00pm EDT
administration combined with those who are perhaps using this for political gain. how is the white house trying to juggle the legitimacy of the questions even if they are angry questions? >> well, we were trying to see them doing that today. there are people who are wondering whether president obama and the white house stacked the deck at today's town hall, but you saw him really seek and solicit tough questions basically begging, please, let me try to find somebody who is really, really ang gr gry at my plans. >> mark, we ran out of time. we will have you do your elvis impersonation tomorrow. check out first read first thing every morning. logon to firstread.msnbc.com. >> i'm tamron hall. >> and i'm david shuster. up next, "hardball" with chris matthews. a big interview ahead. you don't want to miss this. "hardball" starts right now. >>> it's getting weird now, weird. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in boston. leading off tonight, in your face. welcome to town hall america. take a look at what happened when senator arlen specter held a town meeting today in l
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Aug 20, 2009 4:00pm EDT
think we can get it done. >> so how is all this sitting with progressives? joining us is one of the most influential progressives. your reaction to the president's approach as it continues today? >> well, the president is in trouble on health care, and i would say that that's because he is losing progressives. we realized i would say mid-june that max baucus was designing his co-op plan in order to take the place of a true public plan that obama had campaigned on, and jacob hacker, the architect of president obama's plan, was on a conference call this morning and told myself and other reporters that he saw the co-op plan as a trojan horse. basically, something that would destroy everything that progressives believe in. so in june we began our program trying to get progressive members of the house to commit to vote against any bill that didn't have a strong public plan and that public plan did not equal co-ops, and so hence the letter. >> you raised something like over $200,000 for people who want to stay with the public option and say the bill will not pass. aside from that, the pre
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Aug 11, 2009 4:00pm EDT
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